Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered some questions that the student had about parabolas, such as how to find the equation of a parabola when provided with a diagram, and how to graph all the components of a parabola when given either a centered or shifted equation. Overall, I feel confident with Stuart's problem-solving skills on this subject."
"We talked about series and sequences. We expanded expressions written in sigma notation, plotted graphs of series, evaluated sigma expressions and found sigma expressions for given series. We especially practiced the latter, since it is probably the most difficult topic within the section."
"The student is doing more work on probability. She is learning the binomial distribution, but they haven't been given the binomial distribution equation yet. I had the student manually calculate (by using trees) the probabilities of different outcomes. She caught on quickly and understood what it meant, and she definitely liked using the equation rather than using trees."
"The student wanted to review the material for her pre-calculus quiz on Thursday. The quiz covers polar coordinates, switching between rectangular and polar equations, graphing polar equations, arithmetic sequences, and geometric sequences (both finding specific terms and finding partial summations). We went through her teacher's PowerPoint notes for polar equations and part of arithmetic sequences. We will meet tomorrow to review the last part of the material for the quiz."
"The student and I reviewed her notes from the week, then worked on some problems related to the material. Specifically, we looked at how focus point and directrix relates to graphing a parabola. Then we briefly looked at graphing polar equations, specifically how to determine if symmetry about the x-axis, y-axis or origin should be expected."
"The student and I spent the session reviewing unit 2, which overall she didn't do well on. I had her work on practice problems and take a practice quiz covering the most missed questions from her previous quiz. Almost all the math errors were due to miscalculations and not from a misunderstanding of how to set up the problem. I reminded her to continue to pay attention to the negatives and to not skip any steps when simplifying complex fractions. I also had her work on converting trigonometric expressions into algebraic expressions, which she understood well. Overall she seemed to understand the unit well."